The Border Security Force (BSF) has recovered 26-kg heroin from the area of Border Out Post, Rajatal, in the Amritsar sector of the India-Pakistan border.
Besides the heroin, which costs Rs 130 crore in the international market, the BSF has also recovered a Pakistani SIM card and a phone.
Addressing mediapersons, BSF DIG MF Farooqui said, "As there were some inputs, the troops were on a high alert along the Rajatal BOP. At about 10.45pm on Wednesday, BSF troops observed movement on both sides of the border security fence."
Reacting to it, BSF troops challenged the suspects but the latter did not heed to it. To stop their misadventure and sensing danger to the life of troops, the latter fired two rounds at the smugglers. The suspects, on both sides, managed to escape taking cover of darkness and standing crops, claimed the DIG.
The BSF officer added that, "As the smugglers ran away, a pipe dangling in the fence was spotted. On checking it, 23 packets of heroin, a mobile phone wrapped with an adhesive tape and a Pakistani SIM card were found. One Indian mobile phone with a BSNL SIM was found in the pipe of tubewell, 200 metre from the fence."
Later, a special search operation was started after first light and three more packets of heroin were found, making it a total of 26 kg, he added.
To a question, the BSF DIG said, "There are some numbers in the phone book of BSNL mobile and we are on the job to investigate about these numbers."
The BSF claimed that two to three people were spotted on both sides of the border by jawans.